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earlier this week, they extended the debt ceiling into early december. 219-206. every republican voted against raising the debt ceiling that would cover the $8 trillion in increased debt that created by the trump presidency a debt that they approved during the trump presidency. that is tonight's last word. the 11th hour with brian william starts right now. >> 266 of the biden administration and the white house appears ready to take major step towards the next phase of this campaign to get as many americans vaccinated as possible.
vaccines have been approved for kids 12 and older. they bought 65 million pediatric doses of the pfizer vaccine. of course, parents would have to go along and that's proving tougher than anyone predicted. abbott ordered to ban vaccine mandates sets up a legal confrontation with the feds but it also forces businesses to make tough choices in texas. he's also getting backup from fellow republican governor and fellow trumper ron desantis in florida. this afternoon the white house put both governors on blast. >> 700,000 american lives have been lost due to covid-19 including 56,000 in florida and
over 68,000 in texas. why would you be taking steps that prevent the saving of lives that make it more difficult to save lives? i think it's pretty clear when you make a choice that is against all public health information and data out there. that it's not based on what is in the interest of the people you are governing. it's perhaps in the interest of your own politics. >> as we talked about here, the political battle comes as moderna and j&j are both asking the fda to green light their booster shots. moderna submitted its own data asking the agency to authorize a half dose of its vaccine as a booster. at least six months after the second shot. fda did say moderna's booster does enhance virus fighting antibodies but declined to take a position on the need for a third dose for all. the agency's advisory panel is set to meet on boosters later this week. also tonight, the buffalo news
reporting the white house has told senior members of congress that the u.s. side of the canadian border will finally open to vaccinated canadians starting in early november. meanwhile, the house voted tonight to finally raise the nation's borrowing limit until early december. essentially putting off the threat of a first ever u.s. default for now. the vote was 219-206. lawmakers interrupted their recess for one day to vote. house democrats still have another heavy lift trying to make biden sweeping economic agenda become law. last night pelosi told members to brace for cuts to the $3,359 trillion package to expand social programs. today she made it clear they would have to be ready to vote on a smaller bill. >> we had some important decisions to make in the next few dawes so that we can proceed. i'm very disappointed that we're
not going with the original $3.5 trillion. if there is fewer dollars to spend, their choice is to be made. and members have said let's get the results that we need but we will not diminish the transformtive nature of what it is. mostly we would be cutting back on years and something like that. there is range of new benefits for familiar luz and children and combats climate change. pelosi said she hoped to pass it by the end of this month. tonight the leader of the liberal block in the house pointed o thought nothing would be settled until senators manchin and cinema come out with their own proposed cuts. >> we're willing to look at the years for some of our priorities. we already have our proposal. we're waiting on two people to get back to us with their
proposals. >> the negotiations over the spending gill to finance the president's agenda is taking place as the house special committee investigating the attack on the capitol is gearing up for a major test later this week. trump administration officials are due to appear for in person depositions. set to take place thursday and friday. trump told them not to cooperate. steve bannon is following those orders. committee members are warning there will be consequences. >> he is required to show up and if he doesn't and doesn't have a legal reason to not show up, then we'll hold him in criminal contempt. we'll refer that to the justice department for prosecution. that will be true of the other witnesses as well if they do not comply. >> in the other party, tonight
liz cheney who co-chairs the committee, don't forget, also weighed in on enforcing those subpoenas. >> we'll see if they show up. if they show up, we'll be prepared. everybody on the committee recognizes ow important it is to make sure that we enforce our subpoenas and that we do so expeditiously. >> the house committee said it has already conducted closed door interviews with those witness that's have come in voluntarily. with that, let's bring in our starting line on this tuesday night. peter baker, veteran journalist and author, chief white house correspondent for "the new york times" and dr. patell, clinical physician, former senior policy aid during the obama administration. she is one of our public health experts and a nonresident fellow at brookings. and indeed the news tonight means i'd like to begin with you. so this rollout of vaccines for kids.
kids have parents. and in our country in 2021, a record high percentage of those parents have come out as anti-vacciners. what is the best advice on this rollout and the messaging to prove the administration is paying attention and learned the lesson from the rollout thus far? >> brian, a critical part is going to be exactly as you point out. vaccinating churn is one of our last steps in trying to get us back to normal. a lot of what we've been doing to kind of limit children and therefore society's restrictions. everything from schools, day cares. we were flooded with trying to understand the common cold is sad or covid in children. that's going to continue until we can vaccinate. the administration has to have listened. you just covered it in the
footage around mandates. it's going to be taking that message from the podium, getting it to people and actually showing that these man dauts have actually been the key to getting our country back on air line, back in holidays. and i hope that scenes of halloween, thanksgiving, christmas, hanukkah, having people see the -- if you're vaccinated in your household, life looks a lot more like 2019 than 2020. that is always a hefty task. >> we certainly join new all of the hopes. peter, indeed to hear the doctor invoking jen psaki's words and tone in the press room today. does the white house regard what the governors of texas and florida are doing as a direct assault on their efforts to arrest this pandemic? >> sure. exactly. that's what it is. i mean, you know, governor desantis and abbott doubled down
on their base, the base is telling them that mandates on vaccines, mandates on masks, public health measures that have been recommended by the experts are in fact unpopular with the republicans that they are, you know, working to appeal to. they have greater support. they're working against the larger public opinion which generally supports mandates. not by huge numbers. i saw a poll by the associated press that over 50% support biden's mandate for vaccines. only a third oppose it. that's overbhel amming. it is significant difference between the pro and the con. but we have seen in desantis and the other republicans is they're playing to the republican base which is overwhelmingly against it. and that's the calculation that they're making. it's good politics at this point. even if they don't win when it comes down to some sort of shutdown with the biden administration. >> we should admit to frequent
viewers that are used to seeing three on this hour, we do have three. it's just that our friend abi stoddard has been battling wifi gremlins. i've been told they are conquered or at least severely wounded and we can proceed. a.b., i have a quote from you from "the washington post." under the headline ban on vaccine mandates in texas sharpens political battle lines. "especially on the right, the dispute has become in large measure about identity and culture, not just about the policy itself." a.b. in, asking you how we got here, i am tempted to say that people didn't pause before they rolled up their sleeves to get the sulk vaccine and say wait a minute, who did we vote for in the last election? >> that's right. i mean this obviously is new to this pandemic.
but the actual anti-vaccine movement was really reaching its high strength right as donald trump came into office. with the help of social media and then a little bit with the help of, you know, flirting with vaccine skepticism about it potentially leading to autism and then the pandemic hits. though he can take credit for the creation of the most rap you hadly produced and effective vaccine in history, he does not. and he learned from it his, you know, rallies and events that he gets boo'd now and he has to follow his followers. on the question of being anti-vaccine. it is unacceptable to them. so we're at this point now where that is -- it is such a part of
the culture war that focus groups and employers and people who are doing a lot of questioning about this trying to break down vaccine hesitancy are finding that when people in the world of trump supporters and in the world of the vaccine skeptics do get vaccinated, they tend to keep it a secret from the people around them because they don't want to defend their actions. >> and, doctor, you want to ask you about the boosters. but as i do, a reminder and ahashgenning back to our first exchange here tonight. this discussion like so many others falls in its designated audience. and we can talk about moderna and j&j for the rest of the hour. and the anti-vaccinators don't want to hear about it. having established that, what is your prognostication on the
approval of j&j and moderna. >> we saw limitations to fuser's boosters. moderna smartly kind of mimicked that language, looking at 65 and holder, high risk categories. and you see johnson & johnson following suit. so the discussion thursday and friday i don't think will reveal any surprises. we'll see boosters for priority populations first, brian. i think much of the united states is looking to follow what we're doing in the rest of the world. if you have moderna for the first two. can you mix that with a pfizer booster potentially. we should be able to understand if that is possible. it gives flexibility to those giving out vaccines. you can come in, brian if, you had moderna and all i have is
pfizer, i can still offer you a booster, especially if you're eligible and get you underway. they have language in the preliminary copy released to day. and it took what i would say is a neutral stance not declaring that it is supported or was against boosters. the boosters are not to -- effective against that. but really pointing to possibly aiding and symptomatic infections. so that controversy was aired last time was pfizer's discussion was aired. i don't they will limit access to boosters. >> thank you for. that peter, the news of tonight out of congress that is positive for the biden administration is that the house kicked the decan down the road.
i'm asking because we're not sure what's in them and in your best a-1 news analysis style. give us a baseline on what is at stake as of right now for this administration. >> you're right. it says something that the only success they can talk about is avoiding a disaster for two months, right? we pushed the disaster off. this std most basic thing that government does. pays bills. keep the doors of government open. they are basically accomplishing the bare minimum at this point. they're not, of course, accomplishing what biden wants them to do which is to actually try something pro active. the big initiatives. they may get there. this is not an easy process. it certainly not an easy when you have margins as thin as the democrats have them. remember, they can't lose a sung will vote in the senate. you can't lose more than three in the house.
that means they have have nearly 100% of their own caucus onboard. they won't get any republican votes. and that means that, you know, you're going to have weeks more of hard negotiations before you get to see whether or not there is going to be an outcome. now you saw congresswoman talk about the manchin and cinema coming in with their number. it's not going to be $3.5 million. manchin is comfortable around $1.5 trillion. these are numbers at this point. they're not about, you know, principle or ideology. you would think that numbers or something you can kind of find middle ground on. but this is congress. so nothing should be guaranteed. >> a.b., you this of what peter said. this is democrats waiting on democrats. it's democrats sniping at fellow democrats. already some of the moderates are saying in a modified whisper that the liberal wing tend to be
in safer seats. they don't have to worry about re-election like the moderates do. you recently wrote that even if p joe biden's polling was morrow bust, it would still be a dicey time for the democrats. share your thinking with our viewers. >> well, the polling is terrible. i think democrats are looking at a poll that had biden at 38. that is fine. all you have to do is look at the rest of the polling and consistent across the board. where independents and democrats moving away from the president on the question of competence and the question of accomplishments. the problem is that twitter likes to beat up on joe manchin and cinema what the voters see is the biden administration is supposed to take democrats into some back room and knock their knees together and come up with a deal. it's not really about individual senators or different coalitions in the party. the leaders are supposed to lead and get this done.
and so it's really affecting biden's numbers because if he was actually like he did with the american rescue plan, getting these two coalitions in his party together and uniting them, he would get the credit. the problem with the discussion of the top line numbers is that beyond -- behind that is a future over the structure of these programs and structure of the bill. you saw the speaker come out yesterday and say we just need to do a few thinged well and fund them. then today she is saying it sounds like she backtracked. we needed to be trance formational and meaning we'll have a lot of programs just fund them with a shorter funding stream with sooner sun sets. this is what the centrists and moderates are against. they want just a few things that are universally popular well fund ford a long time. they want a kitchen sink they can say there are a million things in this package but then only have them fund ford a short
time to meet the number that the moderates will vote for in the senate. that's where the fight is going right now. unresolved. the speaker said things to day and yesterday that contradict each other. and that's why it remains a big mess. but it is, if you look at the polling an imparity you have that the administration get this behind them and start talking about covid again. the public is very panicked on covid and they see their long term economic outlook as boar as long as the pandemic exists. the longer they take on this it issue in congress, the worse the polling will be. >> and as the dumpster burns, at least the house of representatives is off on a well deserved two week recess. beater paker, a.b. stoddard, d. patel. great thanks to our starting line. science, common sense. on the other, the governor of texas. caught in the muddle are all those businesses just trying to do the right thing and protect
their employees and their customers. we'll get into all of it and later, if you've got it, chances are truck driver brought it to you. only problem is there aren't enough of them. it's not a job for everybody. but it is a great job for some. will i'll talk to one who is doing all he can to keep business moving. all of it as the 11th hour is just getting underway on this tuesday night.
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"politico" puts it this way. we quote, "democrats have a goldilocks problem with president joe biden's social spending plan, too big some moderates worry it could cost them the seats. progressive frets the base will stay home. almost everybody concedes if they fall to pass anything, there may be no path to keeping their majorities in congress next november.
ding, ding, ding. here to talk about it. a veteran political strategist and progressive candidates and stewart stephens, veteran of the romney and george w. bush presidential campaigns, now with the lincoln project. his latest book is it was all a lie. how the republican party became donald trump. don't say someone didn't warn you. good evening and welcome to you both. okay. let's just agree for the purposes of this conversation that everything in the big biden bill is good for americans. everything in it is designed to improve people's lives. what do you cut? >> i can't agree with that. i'm sorry, brian. i know you said for the sake of the broadcast. i can't agree with false choices here. and let's you this about the cuts that centrist and moderate democrats are proposing. their cutting childcare.
they're proposing cutting eldercare and medicare xpavenlgts and affordable housing. all of these things are critical investments. they are long standing crisis that existed well before this pandemic. and they're industries we know have been direct impact on our baseline economy as well. and so i just can't agree that there is something that deserved to be on the chopping block here. i think the reality as we heard from speaker pelosi is, yes, there are difficult decisions ahead. it sound like she is now leaning towards sunsetting programs sooner than they originally anticipated which we know is something that tracks with progressives. i will say it sound like breaux gresives are the only ones recognizing the needs to deliver what democrats promised on. they voted for a prospect at a better life. positive increases into their quality of being. and failure to deliver that is absolutely going to have a negative impact on democrats at the polls.
what we heard from progressives tonight at the progressive town hall where senator sanders representative paul and presley and others spoke was that the time to deliver is now. i think previous guest emphasized that. the polls absolutely emphasize that. and the need to deliver ahead of the mid terms is only going to tun to grow. the they have to get it together and deliver as manufacture the provisions as possible. >> stewart stephens, i want to play for you some of congressman schuff on cnn earlier today. we'll discuss afterwards. >> what happens to kevin mccarthy becomes speaker. >> >> disaster. because he will do anything that donald trump tells him. and we cannot have someone with absolutely no reference for the true, no willingness to uphold this oath in that position, in line to the presidency. donald trump doesn't need to be
pinted speaker if kevin mccarthy s essentially donald trump will control everything he does. st. >> so stewart, schiff went on to call mccarthy and insurrectionist in a suit and tie. but there is increasing frustration among loyal democrats that it's all words. people would like right about now to see some consequences. i know i asked you this nine ways from tuesday. it is possible to overstate how important this moment is for the democrats? >> no. i mean, look, i'm somebody that's been here pointing out flaws in democratic party. and my conclusion is that it is the democratic party hear to save the country. they really have to. i am optimistic they'll come to some sort of bill that they'll pass. and in one way this is normal big bill stuff. i mean it is like this for the civil rights bill and obama care and like this for soushl security. what is different is that biden
is negotiationing with the party that doesn't believe he is legally lekted. and that's is not a small thing. and it completely changes the whole tone of it. you have the democrats trying to be a gafrning party. they're trying to pass stuff. they're trying to actually deliver. and the republicans, they don't even think he's president. so it's really unique. i remain optimistic. i have a lot of confidence in the people around joe bud en. i think they ran a very true campaign. they're savvy, sane, experienced. i think they'll get through this. . >> are they killers? >> look, i think they're doers. this say moment they need to produce and then get about the business of selling it. my opinion is what democrats need to do in this election is nationalize it. they need to make this a referendum on democracy. only three times the last 125
years that they gained seats. the last time is 2003. i was very involved in that for the republicans. and we nationalized it. around domestic security. they need to nationalize this into a rev remembered um of fratcy. that is the plan of republicans. why is trump supporting them in virginia? because he wants his own governors in there for the next election. that's what they need to do. and i hope that we can help with that in the lincoln project. if it is a referendum on democracy, i think the democrats will gain seats. >> i had to ask. both guests are going to stay with us. our conversation will continue after this break. coming up, some big texas employers are defying their own governor over vaccine mandates. you're looking at one of them. what to do when staying on brand. if you're a governor, it's more important than the public health. , it's more importt anthan the public health
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two of the state's biggest employers are defying the govern yosh. american and southwest say they intend to leave federal mandates in place, thank you very much. dell and ibm have also joined their ranks. as no one needs to remind you big companies normally view operating in states run by republicans as a nice warm bath of fellow travelers. not so this time. >> not so this time. and it's interesting that governor abbott is going so far as to call president biden the bully when he's the one trying to apply pressure for all the effort to score political points. right? like he's not doing this for any other reason than to stave off primary opponents in next year's election. and so i appreciate these very large businesses continuing down the course, following federal mandates and guidelines. they recognize that the best thing for their business is to keep their employees safe and to keep their customers safe.
so the vaccine mandates is something that is going to boost the economy. everything that is opposite of what we're hearing from governor abbott right now. i think also on top of that, when governor abbott released this ban, he goes ton say that this is going to cost people their jobs if they don't want to get vaccinated. he is ignoring the second part of this mandate which is submitting to weekly testing. right? it doesn't feed his narrative. he is cutting that off. the reality is the mandate is either vaccinated or submit to weekly testing. all this is in in the intention of keeping people save. >> stewart, it is the baseline custodial duty to see to the health and saust of the people in your state. that's why this trend is so especially goolish chasing after the love of the mega crowd. it's why governors go to visit flood damage and tornado damage,
perhaps abbott to be consistent should stop doing that. >> look, this is utter lunacy. governor abbott subjected himself to vaccines since he was in the first grade. this used to be an accepted thing. and now it's become this crazy proof that you can appeal to these trump people. look, governor abbott's daughters are involved in the campaigns. they work for public records in new york city. the if they move to texas, he is now trying to mandate that his own daughter would be more at risk because the company couldn't have a mask policy. it's just crazy. and, you know, i used to know greg abbott a little bit ash texas and the 2000 butch campaign. he was no the this person. and it's just another example of somebody who either said they weren't the person they pretended to be or somebody that
completely band on all the principles for what, a third term? it's just both sad and tragic and a complete failure yf you should be in office. >> and we saw chuck grassley sell out and do the same thing this past weekend. 88-year-old dean of republican senators. we'll stay at this. can't thank you both enough for adding your voices to tonight's broadcast. coming up for us, look around. you'll see things that got you to by truck. and if you're waiting for something you ordered, it's probably because our country doesn't have enough people to drive the trucks. we'll talk to a veteran freight hauler right after this.
clothing, your medicine, if if you got fuel for your homes, fuel for your industries, a truck brought it. the day our trucks stop, america stops. >> yeah! >>al pacino as jimmy hoffa in the eye rushman. hoffa was correct back then and it's still correct now. it is almost impossible to buy or receive something that didn't spend all or part of its journey to you on a truck. we have roughly as many truck drivers as we have teachers. between three and four mullon and we could use one million more truck drivers in this country. a shortage of truck drivers, a problem that xusted prepandemic but one that is only worsened since means goods can't get from the ports to warehouses to then find their way to retailers and
consumers. with us tonight, john mcyou coulden, a truck driver for t force freight. he turnly pulls double trailers. st he's a 20-year veteran. he spent 16 of his years behind the wheel as a teamster. we appreciate you coming on. i wanted to hear it from the actual drivers tonight. what kind of bem whether it's short haul or long hauls, what kind of people generally make the best people in your line of work and is the mb still good if you're willing to work like hell? >> absolutely. you know, it takes all kinds of people, whether you're -- whenever you're from around the country to be a truck driver. the money is good. and just like the movie just said, if you got it, a truck brought it. everything, brian, from the clothes on your back to the creamer that you put in coffee
every day comes at some point on a truck. and there is a shortage. you know, brian, there has always been a shortage of truck drivers. once the pandemic hit, one thing that hurt us bad is the truck driving schools shut down. . so there is really -- there is nobody in the pipeline. and that's why really is one major reason why we're really short. >> i grew up friends with a long haul truck driver. and watching him, it seems to me that he had the ability to pick up a load in buffalo on a monday and get it to denver on thursday. and in between nobody much cared what route he took, what he did with his personal time as long as he made that dropoff on thursday. that is not the case anymore. gps knows when you stop at a rest area. you've got cameras in the cabs of the trucks.
and i'm guessing technology if it had its own devices would put you all out of work and make it an autonomous driven industry. how has technology made your job better if at all? >> you know, we're not a bunch of rogue truck drivers pushing through, making sure if your time is still trucking. the hours of office is there for a reason. and the important thing is that there say lot of talk about the autonomous truck that you know you got to have the professional driver. the professional drivers got to be in that cab. and that's what we do every day. we're a safe industry. we're out there every day, every
night, bringing goods to the american people. and you know, this country is the backbone, is the trucking industry of this country. the new technology just made our job easier. i have the radar looking forward. i have a blind spot indicator on my right making sure i know somebody is in the blind spot on the right. it's just maud my job he'sier. we've seen that bumper sticker all our lives. if you can't see me, i can't see you. did you feel essential at the height of the pandemic? everybody was calling truck drivers essential workers. >> absolutely. i was one of the guys that took eight tractor-trailer loads of hand sanitizer into the nypd
during the pandemic. we were essential. you know, we didn't miss a day. actually, it was busier than ever. they relied on us. the country relied on the trucking industry to make sure things go the through. made sure that toilet paper to masks to hand sanitizers to make sure all that got to the people and writ needed to be. yes, i felt essential. and we got it done. because that's what we do. >> what has the cost of fuel done to your job and your industry and we should point out tell the good people watching how many miles per gallon the average 18 wheeler gets. >> you know, i drove a brand new truck today. we got new trucks in the fleet. i was up to nine miles per gallon. our oler trucks get around six. but now with the new technology, i was up and watching it very
closely. i was up to 9 1/2 mules a gallon. fuel cost has risen. but with the new technology, the newer equipment coming out, you know, fuel mile ang is increasing. and therefore that has got to be good for the fleets. i'm a fleet driver. i don't pay for the fuel. but i'm also conservative in that, you know, you realize somebody has to pay for that fuel. i'm conservative. . but the new technology is coming. like i said, 9.2 miles to the gallon all dau today. >> that makes you a prius among the 6 mile per hour gallon crowd. one final question. what is the breakdown owner operators versus fleet drivers and is any one of those more luke tough? >> you know, i've never been an owner operator. i don't know. i think they make -- they get money, all the money that revenue that they do. i don't know a lot about the
breakdown. i just know that, you know, it takes all of us to get this done. between owner operators and fleet owners and fleet drivers. we all have to work together and we have. this is a resilient industry. we've been doing this for 100 years and we'll continue to do it when america needs us, we're there and going get it done. >> i'm going take that sign over your left shoulder and turn it back on you and tell you we are thankful for you and the job you do. we have it. as you said, for everything in our homes and lives. the our guest tonight has been job mcyou coulden. we're happen you to find him outside of the cab for a few brief moments and enjoying a tuesday night at home. thank you, sir, very much for taking our questions. another break for us tonight. coming up inside the battle to save a pristine stretch of california coastline. tine stret california coastline
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california's coast line from devastation. just north of santa barbara, the fire burns out of control. shutting down a section of the famed pacific coast highway. it is breath taking views now marched by smoke. >> not only is this area prone to significant fires that have had significant damage in the past, but it's also beautiful area. >> the fire doubling in size overnight. forcing evacuations from the forest to the sea. firefighters now defending the faumd reagan ranch. once known as the west coast white house. you can see the flames climbing up that hillside just feet away from this highway. fire officials say those dry fuels combined with the northern winds are the reason why this highway is closed for the for seeable future. 7,000 acres scorched 0% contained. threatening 120 structures. the toll adding to the state's staggering fire season, two million acres burned so far. >> you tie this to climate change?
>> you know, some people would. we're seeing our fires burn differently. we're seeing them burn hotter and faster. they're more dangerous. rancher patrick brown's family owned this land for more than 80 years. he vak waited last night. >> you are xaurd? >> yeah. >> it to, fear, apprehension and all out effort to save one of the most beautiful stretches on earth. nbc news, santa barbara county. and when we come back, there is other news from our natural world tonight. this one of the beautiful variety. d tonight. this one of the beautiful variety.
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the night sky, visible way further south into the u.s. than they normally are because of the solar flair. a united airlines captain shot this photo from the cockpit. from the ground the view in places like this one cross lake minnesota, positively spielbergian, the lights dance across the sky. the green waves are bright enough to read by. think about the sun for a moment. shall we? it is so large, over one million planet earths could comfortably sit inside despite being 93 million miles away it can still burn unprotected human skin here on earth in the space of a few minutes. if it ever blows up we're dead. fit ever goes out. we're dead. these are larger matters than us. matters way beyond our control. and that is another reason why we're all alive and well and here on earth. it's a reason to marvel at the
magical green light that is the definition of out of this world. and on that note, that is our broadcast for this tuesday night. well after sundown with our thanks for being here with us on behalf of all of our colleagues at the networks of nbc news, good night. happy to have you here, last summer, the summer of 20 2020 could county texas. hired a new elections administrator. hood county texas is just southwest of fort worth, population about 60,000 people, and the new election administrator they hired was a pro. the real deal. she had impeccable credentials. she was a 14 year veteran of elections administration of the county level. she had spent the last five years running elections and a different county in that different texas county. she had been universally praise